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Jim Brinkley March 24, 2015 14:30
For many people who want to eat healthy, beverages can sabotage their efforts. Making changes to your beverage choices could be the key to taking your health and well-being to the next level.   Instead of reaching for the coffee pot in the morning, try a cup of warm water with fresh lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons). This invigorating beverage supports liver detox. Coffee promotes blood sugar fluctuation and sugar cravings, while warm water with lemon leave you with fewer toxins in the ... [More]


Categories: Health and Safety

Jane Blume March 23, 2015 14:41
Tennessee public employee unions are facing an extreme and ill-conceived attack on their rights. Senate Bill 123 attempts to void existing agreements between local governments and public unions. Tennessee is a Right to Work state and public employees there have  fought off numerous attempts to weaken the few rights they have. If this piece of legislation is passed it would irrevocably break the trust between the city and groups representing employees. It is also another blatant attack aga... [More]


Categories: Collective Bargaining | Labor Issues | Legislation

Jane Blume March 9, 2015 10:44
U.S. House member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), whom IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger hailed as a true champion of workers’ rights, said the Republicans are conducting a relentless and blatant attack on unions. Cummings spoke to nearly 700 IAFF leaders at the 2015 IAFF Legislative Conference on March 9 in Washington, DC. A member of the House Oversight committee, he thanked the fire fighters for their service, disdaining praise from members by saying he was present because “this... [More]


Categories: Political | 2015 Legislative Conference

larry petrick March 4, 2015 15:47
In parts of the West, wildfire season got an early start this winter leaving destruction and despair in its wake.  Wildfire season can’t be confined to the summer and early fall months anymore. For the past four decades, the season has gotten longer. This year in parts of southern California and northern Utah, communities saw its earliest outbreak of wildfires in January, due to an ongoing drought. Here are some tips you can share with your communities on how to make their homes and ... [More]


Categories: Wildfire Fire Fighting

Jane Blume February 27, 2015 15:41
New Jersey unions knew this day would come when their spotlight-seeking governor would have to take responsibility for not fully funding the pension system. A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of public unions, finding Christie’s failure to make full payments to the pension system violated New Jersey’s state constitutional obligation to workers. This is a huge victory for workers who serve and protect the Garden State. Since Christie entered office, he has maligned and publicly a... [More]
David Billy February 20, 2015 14:12
Our political opponents are ramping up their attacks against us. And we won’t let them get away with trying to take away the rights we earned and fought hard to win. Politico, a Capitol Hill publication in Washington, D.C., provides a summary of state battles and misbehaving elected officials. Illinois governor Bruce Rauner belongs at the top of the list with his blatant attacks against labor unions.  Recently, Rauner signed an executive order allowing workers to stop paying fair sh... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume February 13, 2015 09:47
North Grumman is the 101st corporation to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). You can see a list of groups that have left the organization here. ALEC, a politically ultra-conservative non-profit, which thrives on operating in the shadows of American government pushing anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country, continues to feel the pressure and gain negative attention for the laws it helps to craft. ALEC supports free market principles and counts... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume February 10, 2015 15:13
Celebrate Valentine’s Day union style by buying these special union treats this holiday. Try these union-made goodies: Russell Stover Ghirardelli See’s Candy Hershey    Want to drink a bottle of bubbly? Try these brands: J. Roget Jacques Bonet Cook’s Tott’s André Eden Roc   Other items for your special person: Old Spice Avon Hugo Boss Pierre Cardin   Want to order some flowers this Valentine’s Day? Union members receiv... [More]


Categories: Other

Admin January 16, 2015 09:38
As state legislators reconvene for the year, fire fighters can expect more anti-union legislation. Our political opponents are determined to enact policies that curb the power of labor unions.  In at least nine states, Right to Work bills are expected to be introduced in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Twenty-four states have passed Right to Work laws and it has been proven that legislation leads to decrease wages and safety standards ... [More]
David Billy January 9, 2015 14:03
Sometimes it is the little things that can catch you off guard. The IAFF does not want its members to be blindsided by the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new strategy to attack the rights of workers. ALEC, a politically ultra-conservative non-profit, which thrives on operating in the shadows of American government pushing anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country, is collaborating with the Heritage Foundation, along with a new group called Protect My ... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

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